In a conference call meeting today, the State Board of Education hired Dr. Eric Hall, president and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina, to lead the new NC Achievement School District.
State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey announced the hiring. “We are extremely pleased that Dr. Hall will lead this new initiative,” he said. “His success in working with students at risk and schools with high percentages of at-risk students will only benefit the new Achievement School District. His proven ability to build partnerships will help this effort be successful.”
“North Carolina schools will benefit from Dr. Hall’s passion for students, teachers and building community partnerships,” said NC Superintendent Mark Johnson. “Eric’s career focus has been centered on helping schools and students overcome challenges, and his leadership will be important in the years ahead.”
Hall has more than 20 years of experience in education, most recently with Communities In Schools, a statewide non-profit network that provides integrated student supports – also called wraparound services – to support student success in more than 300 schools statewide. The organization is known for its ability to reduce dropout rates in at risk students.
Hall previously served as the National Director of Educational Services for AMIkids Inc., a non-profit organization providing intervention services to youth in juvenile justice programs and non-traditional schools in nine states. While at AMIkids, Hall developed and implemented strategies designed to accelerate student academic achievement in nontraditional settings. In his various leadership roles, Hall also built community partnerships and developed collaborative relationships between business and education to foster awareness and drive engagement to amplify student outcomes for all students.
Hall began his career as a teacher, then moved into school leadership before helping lead the implementation of education innovations, in Florida as well as in other states.
Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Science Education, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida. His passion for student equity, innovation in non-traditional schools and school leadership are all topics that he has researched and written on for publication in academic journals and books.
A member of the NCWorks Commission’s executive committee, Hall also serves on the State Board of Education’s Whole Child NC Committee.